Yesterday, 16 March 2016 there was West Indies vs England ICC WT20 Match 2016 in Mumbai at Wankhede stadium. WI Batsman Chris Gayle Stormed the England by 6 wickets. WI Opening Batsman Chris Gayle smashed a century in just 48 balls. Chris Gayle’s sensational batting led WI to easy one-handed win.
Chris Gayle Scorecard:
Strike Rate- 208.33
England set the target of 183 runs, but Windies chased it in 18.1 overs as Chris Gayle brought up the fastest century of the World T20 cricket in just 47 balls, to better his own 2007 record of completing a ton in 50 balls. sGayle also became the only second batsman in history to score two centuries in T20 Internationals after the recently retired former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. He also became the highest number of six hitter in T20 Internationals with 92 in his name now.
Batting first, England utilised two poor overs from the West Indians in the power play to get off to a good start. At the end of power play, England were 49 for one. England next play against South Africa here on March 18, while the West Indies clash with Sri Lanka on March 20 at Bengaluru.
Gayle has had a career of popular acclaim, achieved through his wonderful displays with the bat — and his unrivalled ability to entertain. When he’s on form, when the ‘eye of the storm’ is in, he’s unstoppable. And if he’s not quelled in future games, then the West Indies will win this tournament.
Gayle is bound to have an off-day, and when that comes, his teammates will need to prove that the Windies are not entirely reliant on the Gayle force, and that they can blow storms of their own. The West Indies are not a one-man team. They may have in their ranks the most potent, destructive tempest leading their batting line-up — but they have plenty of others capable of blasting the opposition.
Perhaps with that in mind, of great significance in their victory was the long overdue, and very welcome, return to form of Marlon Samuels.
Before the match, Darren Sammy spoke of his pleasure in expecting the might of West Indies’ middle-to-lower order. It has genuine depth — and frightening power. Gayle’s performance meant it wasn’t needed on this occasion. Darren Sammy had to neither bat nor bowl in this game, but he has already demonstrated his ability with the bat in the warm-ups. There may be no more dangerous No.7 in the competition.
Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite are similarly talented quick scorers, and Johnson Charles’s ugly heave to mid-wicket in the first over is not indicative of his pugnacious potential.
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